Bakirathi Mani is Associate Professor in the Department of English Literature at Swarthmore College. She is the author of Aspiring to Home: South Asians in America (Stanford University Press, 2012). Her essays on South Asian diasporic public cultures have been published in American Quarterly, Social Text, The Journal of Asian American Studies, Diaspora and Positions, among other venues. Her current book project, Haunting Visions: South Asian Diasporic Visual and Exhibition Cultures, considers how images of empire have become archetypes of self-representation in contemporary South Asian diasporic art. In 2015, she curated Ruins and Fabrications, an public exhibition of contemporary South Asian photography at Twelve Gates Gallery, Philadelphia.
Prof. Mani teaches courses in Asian American Studies, Cultural Studies of Globalization, Transnational Feminist Studies, and Postcolonial Theory. She earned her Ph.D. in Modern Thought and Literature from Stanford University, her M.A. in Modern Indian History from Jawaharlal Nehru University, and her B.S.F.S. in Non-Western History and Diplomacy from Georgetown University.